GIRO - Development of Geographical Indication in Romania

International project developed in partnership with AGRIDEA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develoment in Romania for building a proper GI protection system for agri-products.

Funded by: European Commission

Project Duration: 2012 - 2016 (4 years)

Budget: 33.835 Euro

Project Objectives

The Swiss-Romanian GI project aimed at supporting Romanian institutional and economic stakeholders in building a differentiation process for agricultural and agri-food products through the consolidation of the GI protection system in order to allow small and medium scale farming systems to become or remain economically, socially and environmentally viable.

Outcome 1:

Further expanding the GI concept to a core group of institutions and persons, tailored to the Romanian socio-economic context.

Outcome 2:

Enable the administration to deliver quality services corresponding to an effective GI protection system.

Outcome 3:

Enable Romanian GI producers and processors to prepare applications for the registration of their GIs and to organize the marketing of their products in line with consumers’ expectations. A small number of GIs shall be ready to apply for registration, in line with Romanian and EU procedure and with the objective to avoid later opposition.

Project Updates

The project has had concrete results, raising the ability of the administration to support producers wishing to use the GI system to protect and add value to their products. The partners of the projects have:

  • identified 60 potential GI products,
  • helped 10 potential products get started in the GI registration process
  • introduced a new measure in the Romanian National Rural Development Programme supporting the registration process and covering part of the cost
  • worked with the National Rural Development Network for the promotion of traditional and GI products
  • capacity building workshop on GIs in Romania for administration and extension services as well as producers associations when relevant to present the major features of the GI system
  • organised training existing certification bodies on the certification of PDOs and PGIs
  • given detailed guidance to 4 products:
    • Pecica Bread (Pita de Pecica)
    • Saxon Villages Rhubarb Jam (Gem Săsesc de Rabarbar)
    • Danube Delta Smoked Mackerel (Scrumbie Afumată de Delta Dunării)
    • Sibiu Cheese (Telemea de Mărginimea Sibiului)

Activities:

1.1. Study trip in Switzerland for a core GI group in order to observe the practice in monitoring the Swiss GI system (Agridea)

1.2. Financing 3 grants for the participation in international training in France or Switzerland on GI (Agridea)

2.1. Organisation of a two-day capacity building workshop on GIs in Romania for administration and extension services as well as producers associations when relevant to present the major features of the GI syste (Agridea and ADEPT)

3.1. Workshop to strengthen the registration procedure (Agridea and MADR)

3.2. Exchange with Swiss experts on the geographical indications registration process (Agridea and MADR).

4.1. Training existing certification bodies on the certification of PDOs and PGIs (Agridea, MADR and ADEPT)

4.2. Test accreditation audit (Agridea, MADF and ADEPT)

5.1. Inventory of potential GI products and selection of eligible products (ADEPT and Agridea)

5.2. Chain analysis of 3 pilot GI products supply chains and identification of strategic groups (ADEPT and Agridea)

5.3. Workshop for each selected product in order to identify together with the producers the typicality and quality characteristics of the product and precise the geographical limits of the area of production (ADEPT, Agridea, MADR)

6.1. Study trip in Switzerland for facilitators who will assist producers’ group during the registration phase and who will run the producers’ groups (Agridea)

6.2. Workshop per product to write a draft code of practices and identify acceptable and non acceptable process practices (ADEPT, Agridea, MADR)

6.3. Consumer surveys in relevant consumption areas (local and/or urban) (university sub-contracted)

6.4. Workshop with the producers to build a relevant marketing strategy (ADEPT, Agridea, MADR)

Managing Body & Contact

Ben Mehedin

Food & Farming Communities Manager
Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

Tel: 004 (0) 752 264 580
ben@fundatia-adept.org

Laura Chirilă

Marketing & Enterprise Manager
Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

Tel: 004 (0) 749 991 005
laura@fundatia-adept.org

Our Partners

Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania
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